Bay Seahawks take to the sky in bid to raise much-needed funds

YOU’VE heard of meat raffles, selling chocolates and street stalls as ways of raising money but chances are the Batemans Bay Seahawks’ latest idea is one you’ve never seen before.

The Bay’s Aussie Rules club decided to get creative with its pre-season fundraising ploy and will take to the skies above Hanging Rock Oval for what will surely be a first for the Eurobodalla.

The Seahawks will put on a helicopter golf ball drop where numbered balls are tipped out of the aircraft and the person whose ticket corresponds with the ball that lands closest to a prepositioned pin wins $10,000.

Event organiser Jenny Wells was the mastermind behind the unique idea and when asked on Wednesday exactly how she came up with it, Wells laughed and replied: “I come from a dysfunctional family so I’m used to thinking outside of the square.

“But no, I just Googled it. They do it a lot in America and it’s a big thing over there. They sell balls for a dollar so people can win $20 – they mustn’t have very much to do in America.

“So I thought ‘we could take this and make some money from it’.”

The general idea was simple enough, Wells said, however what was more difficult was deciding on the intricate details.

In the end, the club decided on 1500 individually numbered balls at $25 per ticket. The grand winner will go home $10,000 richer, while five runners-up (the next five closest balls to the pin) will collect $200 gift cards.

Tickets only went on sale earlier this week, but Wells said sales have already taken her by surprise, thanks in large part to the wonders of social media.

“It took a while to come up with exactly how many balls to use because we didn’t want to make the tickets too dear and we also wanted to make sure the odds were reasonable,” she said.

“But the tickets are selling really well. We only started selling them on Monday and already we’ve sold about 100.

“There’s a still a month to go and everybody is just putting it on Facebook and sharing it.

“We’ll be having all the Canberra teams coming over for the 11s carnival on March 2, so we’ll be doing it then.”

Meanwhile, the Seahawks started their gruelling pre-season training regime last week and assistant coach Jamie Kemp said he was impressed with the players’ efforts.

“The numbers have been reasonably good but after the weekend we should be back up to about 25-plus,” he said.

“The boys have all pushed themselves pretty hard but we just need a few more seniors on the track.” 

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